We don’t want an executive presidency

Views - 486 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

The executive presidency was established in 1978. Since then there has never been as much hope for its abolishment as there is right now. It however still requires many actors to come together to work towards its abolishment. The 20th as brought to

Xi Jinping: China’s story of Moses

Views - 892 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

Xi Jinping’s story resembles the story of Moses in many ways. Moses (Prophet Musa as known to Muslims) though an Israeli, was adopted by the Egyptian Pharaoh. Moses was known as the Prince of Egypt, until he fell out of favour with the Pharaoh and

Why didn’t they tell the President?

Views - 890 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 00:01

The President appears to believe that he still possesses the full executive powers he derived from the Constitution when he was elected to his office in January 2015. Three months later, he sat during a tumultuous session in Parliament, and witnessed

The implications and consequences of the verdict, whatever it is

Views - 716 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 00:00

Quite obviously I haven’t the slightest notion of what the Supreme Court verdict will be, unlike my friend Eran Wickramaratne who announced publicly (and rather curiously) that he doesn’t have the slightest doubt about it. However I do know, as a

Sri Lanka’s economy at crossroads: The 1972-76 Five-Year Plan and its diagnosis of economic ailments

Views - 6423 Monday, 10 December 2018 02:00

The economist who produced ‘From Dependent Currency to Central Banking’ Professor H A de S Gunasekara, popularly known as HAdeS, was a legend in economics in Sri Lanka. The doctoral thesis ‘From Dependent Currency to Central Banking in Ceylon

Are you monitoring logistics cost in your supply chain?

Views - 330 Monday, 10 December 2018 01:59

On the internet a simple explanation of logistics says: “Logistics is generally the detailed organisation and implementation of a complex operation. In a general business sense, logistics is the management of the flow of things between the point of

Sri Lanka needs its own leaders

Views - 455 Monday, 10 December 2018 00:22

We are in the era of chaos. Breaking news has now become very common because of some sections of media. People talk about corruption, discipline, and all the weaknesses of politicians. But how many among the general public in Sri Lanka would like to

Immigration control & border security: Another distraction?

Views - 115 Monday, 10 December 2018 00:10

From the US to Australia, and all Western democracies in between, immigration control and border security have taken centre stage in political campaigns. These issues are a 21st Century avatar conveniently discovered to distract from the growing publ

Bystander effect in Sri Lankan society: perils and pitfalls

Views - 247 Monday, 10 December 2018 00:00

It was indeed shocking to hear the inactivity of the observers in preventing a murder committed by a group of school students in Matara recently. It was equally shocking to see a video circulated in social media, showing how a person strangled his fi

With hope in our hearts, we will walk on

Views - 309 Monday, 10 December 2018 00:00

When you walk through a storm Hold your head up high And don’t be afraid of the dark At the end of a storm There’s a golden sky And the sweet silver song of a lark Walk on through the wind Walk on through the rain Though your dreams be tosse

Worries over adverse impact of political crisis on Lankan economy

Views - 238 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:10

Even as the people of Sri Lanka are waiting with bated breath for the Supreme Court’s ruling on the dissolution of Parliament and the functioning of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister, European nations, which have close economic relations with the

Should we not look for a solution to the crisis?

Views - 248 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:10

Since 26 October, following the political changes effected, the country has been witnessing a series of developments emerging, culminating into a crisis situation. The removal of the Prime Minister, appointment of a new Prime Minister and a Cabinet o

Matters to mind (while you wait for Justice to toll the knell)

Views - 387 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:10

Some people can handle pressure. They positively blossom under the spotlight. From celebrities to sports stars, many if not most Sri Lankans in the spotlight have panache and pizzazz. This, it seems sadly, does not include certain leading lights amon

Modern financial regulations have made “piercing the corporate veil” easier

Views - 262 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

Along with the evolution of the market economy a clear separation of the actors involved in a business firm, i.e. owners of the capital and those who specialise in employing the capital for production of goods and services become visible. Accordingly

Anarchy and the collapse of the State

Views - 353 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

The State can be compared to a machine of special type. Anyone who carefully reviews this machine and its operation would not find it difficult to see its faults and predict the duration of its life well in advance. By the end of the LTTE rebellion,

Promoting WTO reform to keep pace with the times is the common expectation of China and Sri Lanka

Views - 109 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

At the opening ceremony of the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) that was just concluded, President Xi Jinping pointed out that holding the CIIE is “China’s major initiative to still widen market access to the rest of the world”, and

‘Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?’

Views - 281 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

Let me quickly lay down the historic context of the quote used as the headline. In England during this period, there was deep disagreement between the King of England and theArchbishop of Canterbury. Played out in the days before the presently accep

Presidency, Parliament, Judiciary and the spirit of the Constitution

Views - 420 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

“…The General [de Gaulle] devised a strong executive presidency in 1958, and introduced direct elections to it four years later, precisely in order to remove power from the hands of political parties and bring stability to French institutions...t

NCM: or, how one flew over the cuckoo’s nest!

Views - 352 Thursday, 6 December 2018 00:10

I’m not a psychologist. Despite three years spent studying the subject and a diploma on my wall. Perhaps if I had invested the time, money, energy, effort, in a degree – I wouldn’t be at a loss these days. To understand the mentality and mindse

Implementing climate change mitigation from next year

Views - 244 Thursday, 6 December 2018 00:00

UNFCCC has had 20+ conventions with Sri Lanka’s participation and we are (i) fourth most vulnerable country to Climate Change in the world as per German Watch’s Climate Risk Index Ratings, 2018 and (ii) most vulnerable country in South Asia accor

A truth truer than the truth

Views - 243 Thursday, 6 December 2018 00:00

We must not trust a man willing to die in glory but unwilling to live with truth and pride. Politicians who succeed in convincing themselves that the truth is identical with their self-interest turn out to be exceptionally good at being good liars. T

Will SAITM return to medical education?

Views - 411 Thursday, 6 December 2018 00:00

The Supreme Court decision on 21 September, upholding the decision of the Court of Appeal ruling on 31 January 2017 which directed the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) to register a MBBS graduate of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicin

First tentative step towards thundering final judgment?

Views - 1054 Wednesday, 5 December 2018 00:10

In a palpable blow felt around the body politic, three courts have delivered a trifecta of punches to the coup’s solar plexus. It is not a full, final or binding ruling. But it is a first step towards something solid, stable, and altogether salutar

Ceiling price to floor bottled water industry

Views - 546 Wednesday, 5 December 2018 00:00

The recently instilled price control on bottled water seems like a positive for all consumers. How can a lower priced good hurt society? A recent report by the Advocata Institute ‘Price Controls in Sri Lanka1’ finds that price controls are of lim

Pitfalls in 5Ss and how to avoid them

Views - 145 Wednesday, 5 December 2018 00:00

After many years of experience in the manufacturing industries and successful implementation of lean practices in 60 companies, and five national hospitals, I decided to share my experiences regarding common pitfalls in 5Ss and how to avoid them. It

Strategic planning for boosting organisational performance despite political and economic turmoil

Views - 228 Wednesday, 5 December 2018 00:00

Modern strategic planning is all about winning a highly competitive game whose rules can change almost overnight. It is all about having the courage to modify your business model and reinvent your organisation to sustain success under fast-changing c

Sri Lanka’s “Chief Servant” – He has to go!

Views - 1581 Wednesday, 5 December 2018 00:00

When President Maithripala Sirisena addressed the nation in 2015 after being sworn in as the Executive President of Sri Lanka with 6.25 million of us having voted for the man – a political nonentity – we did so with the sole purpose of getting ri

Democracy: a tale of two strategies

Views - 293 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:56

The problem with democracy these days is that it tends to be defined not by the people, but by the politicians they elected to represent them. In both parliament and presidency, the players strut and fret their hours upon the stage. And expect us cit

Right to franchise and to vote is from the Constitution: No Constitution, no franchise

Views - 623 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:54

Who is against motherhood? No one. I owe my existence to my mother who bore me. I can never be against motherhood. However, that does not mean we make every girl a mother through forced marriage, artificial insemination, or whatever other means we ha

Betrayal of a nation

Views - 347 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

Was there a betrayal? If is the answer is in the affirmative, then who betrayed whom? Who are the victims of the betrayal? Who is the offender? The victims have sought the intervention of Court. The offender has tried to justify the betrayal. The of

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Public sector and corruption: Who should be accountable?

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Member of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption Neville Guruge said 25% of the 1.5 million public servants in Sri Lanka were corrupt and that their malpractices were going on unchecked due to the lethargic attitude of the

Sri Lanka apparel exports $ 5 b milestone, what lessons to learn and what does it mean for SL?

Thursday, 21 February 2019

The export figures in December 2018 saw Sri Lanka’s ready-made garments industry for the first time crossing the $ 5 billion mark for the first time in history. It is the first export industry that has achieved this number in Sri Lanka since the co

A new route to global markets

Thursday, 21 February 2019

A country’s economic prosperity is associated with the ownership of powerful global brands. Look at the world’s most valuable brands and see who owns them. Many companies headquartered in the USA: Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Disn

‘Made in Everywhere Except Here’! Dependence of our independence

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Seventy-one years since 4 February 1948 is what our senses had been informed living in this beautiful isle since independence. Over the last 71 years we also have constantly described ourselves as a developing nation. As the day approaches having pla

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